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     Implement quality control: Vijay Gupta

Chandigarh, August 28th 2007, Tribune News Service

It’s easily the pride among the city colleges with the likes of Kalpana Chawla as alumni of Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh. While a lot of the credit for its success goes to the top-notch faculty and the brilliant students, the captain of the ship invariably decides the course his ship will take. And here, under the stewardship of Prof Vijay Gupta, the engineering college, upgraded to a deemed university recently, has touched new heights.

An alumnus of IIT, Delhi, and a PhD from the University of Minnesota, Prof Gupta began his teaching career way back in 1973 in the Aerospace Engineering Wing of the IIT, Kanpur. He was appointed as the Director of PEC in December 2004 and on July 27, 2007 he tendered his resignation for reasons unstated.

In a tête-à-tête, Prof Gupta talks about the changing face of technical education, particularly engineering education in India, and more.

“When I started teaching more than three decades ago, only the best of the students would join engineering courses. Gradually, with the economic conditions in the country improving, a need of engineering graduates was felt. Subsequently, in the early 1980s, the motivation levels of the students joining in came down to a certain level. And later came a stage, when the methods of getting in an engineering college were completely altered. With coaching centres proliferating, the stress was only on undergoing intensive coaching, and so it is now,” he avers.

Students are no more interested in learning the concepts, instead, the focus is now only on problem solving. A lot has been said and done so far to improve the falling standards of technical education, says Gupta who is also a member of the board of undergraduate courses of AICTE and a member of the advisory group of the National Knowledge Commission.

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